Tadlop (Telford and District Light Operatic Players) are putting on a musical that couldn’t be more topical. ‘Made in Dagenham’ celebrates the women of the town’s Ford factory, who went on strike in 1968 after having their job skill level downgraded – and what started as a fight to be recognised as skilled workers ended in a national fight for equal pay for women.
As Tadlop’s Lyndsey Bird says, “2018 is a big year of celebration. It’s Telford’s 50th anniversary but it’s also 50 years since the strike that started the movement to equal pay and women’s rights, as well as 100 years since some of the country’s women were first granted the vote.
“It seemed only right in this momentous year to perform ‘Made in Dagenham’ and remember these strong women who paved the way for us,” says Lyndsey.
The play features catchy songs such as ‘Everybody Out!’, ‘Payday’, ‘Busy Woman’ and the inspiring ‘Stand Up’ and takes place at Oakengates Theatre @ The Place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 April at 2.30pm/7.30pm. Tickets are £14 from theplacetelford.com; for more information, visit Tadlop’s Facebook page or follow them on Twitter – @tadlop1.